South Plains College-trained sprinters continue to prove their worth on the world stage.
Two days after SPC grad Jereem Richards won the bronze medal in the men’s 200 meters at the IAAF World Championships, former Lady Texan Jura Levy did the same, running the leadoff leg for the Jamaican women’s team that finished third in the 400-meter relay in London.
Jamaica ran a time of 42.19 seconds and finished behind the United States and Great Britain. Levy won the 100- and 200-meter titles with South Plains at the 2010 NJCAA outdoor championships before going on to be an 11-time NAIA national event champion at Oklahoma Baptist.
Saturday was day nine of the 10-day World Championships at Olympic Park in London. South Plains grad Kemoy Campbell got 10th in the finals of the men’s 5,000 meters as the first-ever finalist in that event from Jamaica. Campbell was an NJCAA 800-meter champion for South Plains, then transferred to Arkansas, where he won the SEC title in the 5,000 in 2015.
Levy was one of seven former area athletes who ran in relay events Saturday at the World Championships. The Trinidad &Tobago men with South Plains exes Renny Quow and Richards running the first and second legs advanced to Sunday’s final of the men’s 1,600-meter relay in 2 minutes, 59.35 seconds. The time was second in the heat and second overall behind the U.S. men’s 2:59.23.
Wil London, Bryshon Nellum, Michael Cherry and Tony McQuay made up the U.S. foursome. Former Texas Tech all-American Gil Roberts, former SPC all-American Fred Kerley and three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt are possible options for Sunday’s final.
In the women’s 1,600 relay qualifying, a Jamaica lineup with former SPC star Chrisann Gordon on third leg won its heat in 3:23.64 and moved on to Sunday’s final. The time was second-fastest overall behind the U.S.
Men’s teams from Jamaica and the Bahamas with former area runners failed to advance to the finals. Jamaica, with SPC grad Steven Gayle as second leg, ran 3:01.98 for fourth in its heat. In the same race, the Bahamas with former Texas Tech all-American Michael Mathieu on second leg, was sixth in 3:03.04.
In the men’s 400-meter relay heats, Barbados with former Tech all-American Shane Braithwaite on the third leg ran 39.19 for eighth in its heat. The Bahamas with SPC and Texas A&M ex Shavez Hart running second was disqualified.
Earlier in the week, Brathwaite got sixth in the finals of the men’s 110 hurdles.